Wildlife photography taken with a camera trap—a remote camera triggered by a motion sensor—reveals animals we might never see with our own eyes. Johanna Turner aims to take camera trapping to a new level, using her photos to tell a story and create a connection with our beautiful unseen world.
Meet the photographer, Johanna Turner, on Saturday, September 7 from 1:00-3:00 pm.
A portion of the funds from the sales will be donated to further arts programs in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.
Go behind the scenes with a ranger and explore Paramount Ranch at night! See the eerie remains of Western Town. Stand on a dangerous, abandoned racetrack. Gaze into the sky to see the stars that still shine here.
Bring a flashlight, water, and wear sturdy shoes. Stargazing will be available if the sky is clear.
Questions? Call our visitor center at (805) 370-2301.
Join us at Franklin Canyon for a spooky fun time! We’ll learn about some of the not so creepy inhabitants of Franklin Canyon, and finish with crafts and coloring!
Wear your favorite hike-friendly costume-no masks please.
Children must bring a grown up with them.
Please RSVP via email-we will cap this event at 25 children.
Join us for late afternoon birding at Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa (Wendy Trailhead) where we will look for Greater Roadrunner, Western Meadowlark, California Thrasher, and Western Bluebird. Other target species include Loggerhead Shrike, White-tailed Kite, Red-Shouldered Hawk, and a variety of sparrows and woodpeckers. Perhaps we’ll spy an owl or hear a poorwill as sunset approaches. Meet at the Wendy Trailhead: Highway 101 to Wendy Drive exit in Thousand Oaks, then south on Wendy Drive to the dirt pullout at the intersection with Potrero Road
This family-friendly Halloween event will host multiple fun filled activities about the night time creatures in our local parks. Activities will include spooky but fun Ranger led Bat and Scorpion hikes, Puma and Owl activities, telescope stargazing, and a Tarantula Zoo.
Park in the Main Parking Lot which is located at the intersection of Via Goleta and Potrero Rd. Additional parking is located at the Wendy trail-head and free shuttle service is provided from the Wendy trail-head to the Main Parking Lot.
Wear sturdy shoes, layers for changing weather conditions, and flashlights. Halloween costumes are encouraged!
Santa Monica Bay Audubon Society (SMBAS) invites all to our monthly Malibu Lagoon Field Trips, held on the 4th Sunday of every month, at 8:30 and 10:00 a.m. FREE! Below is more info, for your use, distribution, and enjoyment! Please come out to the beach for a wonderful morning of birdwatching and friendly camaraderie! Bring binoculars if you have them; loaners available if you don’t.
Malibu Lagoon Field Trips
4th Sunday of Every Month, Every Month of the Year
SANTA MONICA BAY AUDUBON SOCIETY (SMBAS)
ADULT WALK 8:30 A.M. – Beginner and experienced, 2-3 hours. Species range from 40 in June to 60-75 during migrations and winter. We meet at the metal-shaded viewing area next to the parking lot and begin walking east towards the lagoon. We always check the offshore rocks and the ocean. When lagoon outlet is closed we continue east around the lagoon to Adamson House. We put out special effort to make our monthly Malibu Lagoon walks attractive to first-time and beginning birdwatchers. So please, if you are at all worried about coming on a trip and embarrassing yourself because of all the experts, we remember our first trips too. Someone showed us the birds; now it’s our turn.
CHILDREN AND PARENTS WALK 10:00 A.M. – One hour session, meeting at the metal-shaded viewing area next to the parking lot. We start at 10:00 for a shorter walk and to allow time for families to get it together on a sleepy Sunday morning. Our leaders are experienced with kids so please bring them to the beach! We have an ample supply of binoculars that children can use without striking terror into their parents. We want to see families enjoying nature. (If you have a Scout Troop or other group of more than seven people, _YOU MUST CALL JEAN (310-472-7209)_ to make sure we have enough binoculars and docents.)
DIRECTIONS: Malibu Lagoon is at the intersection of Pacific Coast Highway and Cross Creek Road. Look around for people wearing binoculars.
PARKING: Parking machine recently installed in the lagoon lot: 1 hr $3; 2 hrs $6; 3 hrs $9, all day $12 ($11 seniors); credit cards accepted. Annual passes accepted. You may also park (read the signs carefully) either along PCH west of Cross Creek Road, on Cross Creek Road, or on Civic Center Way north (inland) of the shopping center. Lagoon parking in shopping center lots is not permitted.
Oil Painter, Sarah Stone uses color, lines and her imagination to create fantasy-realist works featuring the plants and animals of the Santa Monica Mountains and Southern California. She creates colorful images using traditional painting and illustration techniques. Her art expresses personal stories reflected on canvas and transformed into a land of dreams.
MEET THE ARTIST: Saturday, November 2 from 1:00-3:00 pm at the Visitor Center.
Light refreshments will be served. A portion of the funds from the sales will be donated to further arts programs in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
Bring your binoculars, bird guide, and/or camera and join us for an easy bird walk around the grounds of King Gillette Ranch. This area attracts many songbirds, water birds, woodpeckers, and raptors and we are always treated to something interesting. Kids are welcome and the walk is less than a mile at a very easy pace as we stop often to observe the birds.
We leave promptly at 8:30 from the flagpole. Heavy rain cancels (but I will be there for anyone who wants to walk in it!). See you there!